Adoption Center and Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic Capital Campaign Project
Tree House has completed the initial plans for its state-of-the-art Adoption Center and Low-cost Veterinary Clinic! The facility will feature all the best practices available in treating and housing cats, and will offer the most comfortable, enriching environment possible for our resident cats. The building will include approximately 15,000 square feet of space, house approximately 200 cats, and feature a low-cost veterinary clinic open to the public. Our focus will remain rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured stray cats, educating the public in responsible cat and dog care and behavior, and providing guidance and direct support for the care of feral cat colonies living outside.
In the summer of 2014, we plan to break ground on this new facility! We will have an event surrounding the groundbreaking ceremony, and at that time will also launch the public phase of the Capital Campaign, which will involve a more aggressive appeal to our donors, foundations, and the local community. The construction will be accomplished in two phases. The first phase of the project will involve the construction of our state-of-the-art Adoption Center, and the second phase will involve the construction of a Low-cost Veterinary Clinic for the public, to provide full-service, low-cost veterinary care to the pets who are most in need in the Chicago area.
The facilities will feature the following:
- Adoption Center
The cat housing areas will be cageless, with rooms of varying sizes to accommodate single cats, or a colony of up to 10 cats. Each room will be designed with the ultimate health, comfort, and enrichment of the cats in mind, and will feature multi-tiered shelving platforms and comfortable furniture that can be easily sanitized. The ventilation system will offer multiple air exchanges every hour, and will feature ultraviolet filtering system to destroy air borne bacteria and viruses. Sunlight will be abundant in all housing areas and outdoor enclosures will be accessible in most of the adoption areas.
Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic
The Clinic will be available to treat the cats and dogs of low-income families and individuals. Nearly all of the services of a private veterinary practice will be available at reduced rates, or free depending on available funding, and costs will be subsidized by the general public.
- Pet Food Pantry
& Supply Store
The Pantry will provide food and supplies (litter, toys, treats) free of charge to support the pets of low-income families and individuals. This program will be subsidized by a Supply Store selling pet food and merchandise to adopters and the general public.
The education/training area will feature training sessions on cat and kitten care and behavior, training and certification classes for dogs, and informational seminars on Pet Trusts, and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).